Tuesday Tech Tip: The (almost) Perfection of Wunderlist

wunderlist logoI’ve tried more to-do list apps than I care to admit. It’s kind of disgusting. Besides the fact that I love new technology and apps (to the point of absurdity), the main reason is that I’ve always become dissatisfied about some aspect of whichever app I’m using. Not to mention, (as the rest of you procrastinating productivity nuts know all-too-well) that it’s always better to try out a new to-do app than to actually do something on the list. Heaven forbid.

In the past, I’ve touted the awesome robustness that is Remember The Milk. It remains the ultimate to-do app. I found that it was simply overkill for me and I didn’t like that they charged forty-some-odd dollars just to use it on my iPhone. I don’t mind the price tag, I’ve paid it in the past, but the pay-for-mobile just rubs me the wrong way.

Anyway, today we’re talking about the super-simple, very-free alternative, Wunderlist. I follow a very loose version of GTD, and I find that Wunderlist adapts beautifully. It should also be said that what Wunderlist lacks in robust features and options, it makes up for in eye candy.

Here’s how I use it:

  • Any to-do that requires more than one step is a project (see GTD link above). In Wunderlist, I just add a new list, name it, and I’m on my merry way.
  • Getting Things Done is all about the Next Action. I use the “star” feature in Wunderlist to keep track of what’s next for each project.
  • For a weekly review, I update all of my projects and star the tasks I can take immediate action on.
  • During my work day, I just take a peek at Wunderlist online or on my mac, my iPad or iPhone (it’s free for all devices, ridiculous PC and Android users included. *friendly smirk*)
  • I immediately look at the “starred” tab and can see all Next Actions (And which list/project they belong to! Hallelujah.)
  • Then it’s just a matter of knocking out as many top priority to-dos as possible in the time I have.

Do you use a to-do list app, prefer pen and paper or just guess all day? How could Wunderlist simplify and organize your life?